Where Are the War Heroes?
The NYT is totally oblivious to their own failings.
The article wonders why we have no recognizable war heroes but they do manage to mention SFC Paul R. Smith, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester and Sgt. Rafael Peralta:
"Their names are Sgt. First Class Paul R. Smith, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester and Sgt. Rafael Peralta. If you have never heard of them, even in a week when more than 20 marines were killed in Iraq by insurgents, that might be because the military, the White House and the culture at large have not publicized their actions with the zeal that was lavished on the heroes of World War I and World War II."
Now I happen to know the story of these three and it wasn't the New York Times that informed me of that fact. It was the mili-blogs, part of the 'culture at large'.
The more likely reason we have no Audie Murphy in this war is because old media, such as the New York Times, is more interested in showing the troops' coffins or their misdeeds in order to validate an ill-conceived political agenda against the troops' mission and their commander-in-chief.